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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
How Your Brain Works
This HowStuffWorks article examines the structures of the brain and what each one does. With this general overview of the brain, you will be able to understand concepts such as motor control, visual processing, auditory processing, sensation, learning, memory and emotions. Related site: Brain Basics: Know Your Brain.
CONSUMER ADVISORY: Toyota Owners Advised of Actions to Take Regarding Two Separate Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Feb 1, 2010, informed owners of certain Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac Vibe vehicles about the actions they should take if their accelerator gets stuck or is slow to return under certain conditions. This advisory is precipitated by continued reports of consumer concern and confusion about two separate safety recalls Toyota announced over the past week involving accelerator pedals. Each recall has a different root cause - pedal entrapment and sticky pedal. Related site: Toyota Gas Pedal Recall Notice.
US study shows drop in child abuse
"A massive new federal study documents an unprecedented and dramatic decrease in incidents of serious child abuse, especially sexual abuse. Experts hailed the findings as proof that crackdowns and public awareness campaigns had made headway. An estimated 553,000 children suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse in 2005-06, down 26 percent from the estimated 743,200 abuse victims in 1993, the study found."
MapQuest Gas Prices: Find the Lowest Gas Prices Near You
"This site provides information on gas prices at more than 100,000 stations around the country, as well as the location of stations offering diesel and alternative fuels, gas saving tips and more. Finding gas stations online is one of the many place searches that users can perform with MapQuest's renowned and comprehensive Points of Interest database, which contains more than 15 million places."
"This site provides health information for the whole family site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organizations representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP."
"HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations. We do the research so you don't have to."
US News & World Report: Health
Get the latest health news information on diseases, medications, nutrition, aging, healthcare, and fitness. Find top doctors, best therapists, or the best hospitals on US News Health.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Find definitions, spellings, and word suggestions in this free online searchable dictionary that features over 200,000 entries, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, and 900 full-page color illustrations.
Social Security Benefit Calculator
Use any of the calculators on this Social Security site to estimate your potential benefit amounts using different retirement dates and levels of future earnings. The calculators will show your retirement benefits as well as disability and survivor benefit amounts if you should become disabled or die.
Kosmix is a guide to the Web. The site lets users explore the Web by topic, presenting a dashboard of relevent videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, communities and links to related topics. Kosmix's categorization engine organizes the Internet into magazine-style topic pages, enabling people to navigate the Web.
Maps and Driving Directions
Rand McNally site offers driving directions between locations in the U.S.
Time Pictures of the Week
Archived since 2001, includes several photo montages of what's in the news.
Showcasing good-to-know information with inspiring ideas, RealSimple.com is the go-to resource for those who are looking to make life easier.
How Valentine's Day Works
When did the Valentine's Day frenzy begin? As is true of much of history, scholars tell slightly different versions of the history of this popular holiday. This HowStuffWorks ariticle looks at that history, with its Roman and Christian roots, as well as holiday traditions that have developed over the years. The site also checks out some old valentines and some new ones.
USA.gov: American Holidays
"Americans celebrate a variety of federal holidays and other national observances throughout the year. American holidays can be secular, religious, international, or uniquely American. With the wide variety of federal holidays, and the many levels of American government, it can be confusing to determine what public and private facilities are open on or around a given federal holiday. The site describes American federal holidays and other common national observances. Federal holidays are indicated as such."
The Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
Business.gov, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation's businesses with their operations.
How Laughter Works
"Laughter is a great thing -- that's why we've all heard the saying, 'Laughter is the best medicine.' There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease.This HowStuffWorks article looks at laughter -- what it is, what happens in our brains when we laugh, what makes us laugh and how it can make us healthier and happier. You'll also learn that there's a tremendous amount that no one understands yet."
Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour
What happens in the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease? This tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it. Taking the tour: There are 16 interactive slides. Move forward or back one slide at a time by clicking on the arrows. You can also jump to any slide by clicking on its number at the top of each page. As you view each slide, roll your mouse over any colored text that appears on each page to highlight special features of each image.
Newseum: Today's Front Pages
The Newseum displays these daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised.
Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event
The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack, or other public health emergency can be long-lasting, and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. This page provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience. These strategies were developed by various organizations based on experiences in prior disasters. Site produced by the Centers fo Disease Control and Prevention.
National Geographic MapMachine: Country Profiles
This National Geographic site offers maps for just about every place on Earth, viewable by population, climate, conservation, and topography. Also features antique maps, trail maps, and country facts.
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or eTexts). There are over 25,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
The Nutrition Source: Harvard School of Public Health
"Welcome to The Nutrition Source, a Web site maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Aside from not smoking, the most important determinants of good health are what we eat and how active we are. The Nutrition Source is designed to get you started down the path toward the healthiest diet possible."
Medicare.gov is a consumer beneficiary Website that provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and nursing homes.
RetailMeNot.com: Online Coupons
"Find and share coupon codes and promo codes for more than 20,000 online stores. Search RetailMeNot.com, the world's largest coupon source, by entering a store's web address or keyword."
Tsunami: Wikipedia Encyclopedia
"A tsunami is a series of water waves (called a tsunami wave train) that is caused by the displacement of a large volume of a body of water, such as an ocean. The original Japanese term literally translates as 'harbor wave.' Tsunamis are a frequent occurrence in Japan; approximately 195 events have been recorded. Due to the immense volumes of water and energy involved, tsunamis can devastate coastal regions. Casualties can be high because the waves move faster than humans can run."
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
"Official source of Olympic Games live results, medals, schedule, athlete bios, teams, tickets, news and photos for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics." Games end on February 28, 2010.
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